It's not often the Wii manages to supply the best game of the week. But this week it does, thanks to Nintendo and Capcom.
Monster Hunter Tri ain't for everyone though. It looks like a hack and slash game, but its combat system is more measured and tactical than it first appears, much closer to Demon's Souls, for example, than something like God of War.
It's also an action-RPG that expects you to be okay with grinding. To overcome the larger "boss" monsters, you'll need to revisit areas to repeatedly kill lesser creatures and collect materials to craft better weapons.
On both counts you'll require patience and a certain degree of tenacity.
If you do pick it up - and I suggest that you do - you'll also want some friends to do so as well. You see, Monster Hunter is designed for online co-operative play; the weapon classes each have obvious strengths and weaknesses, meaning a diverse party of four sets you up for properly taking advantage of each character's unique abilities.
Are you going monster hunting this week or will you be tackling a different foe?
New releases for the w/c April 27:
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (360, PS3, PSP, Wii) What Is It? EA's standard World Cup tie-in built on the solid foundation of last year's FIFA. Should You Care? This is surely the perfect companion to those late night World Cup parties football fans will be hosting in just a few weeks.
God of War Collection (PS3) What Is It? Gods of War 1 and 2 given a graphical spit and polish and bundled on one disc. Should You Care? If God of War III was your introduction to Kratos, you'll want to grab this to complete the set.
Iron Man 2 (360, PS3, Wii, DS) What Is It? The inevitable game of the upcoming superhero action flick. Should You Care? Keep an eye out later today for details on how to win a copy...
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) What Is It? Grind-heavy RPG with a strong focus on combat, crafting and co-op. Should You Care? Finally, a use for that WiiSpeak unit you had packed away in the attic.
Splinter Cell: Conviction (PC) What Is It? PC version of the fortnight-old stealth-actioner that is more action than stealth. Should You Care? A must-buy if you're into multiplayer gaming that tries something a bit different.
Super Street Fighter IV (360, PS3) What Is It? Update of last year's Capcom brawler, but with a tweaked roster and extra game modes. Should You Care? If you still play Streeties online, you're gonna have to upgrade. If you don't own IV at all, this is the only place to start.
Next week's release cupboard looks bare, so there's no point saving your money an extra seven days.